Roberts was a precocious draughtsman and became a student at the Slade School of Art at the early age of fifteen. Slade school students were given unusual Biblical subjects as exercises in imaginative figure drawings. The text behind this work comes from the Second Book of Samuel, Chapter 24. The drawing shows, in the foreground, Araunah kneeling before King David, who wears a hat. Araunah is offering to give the King his threshing floor and oxen, seen in the middle ground. King David insists on paying for the threshing floor in order to stop the angel of Pestilence, the giant in the background, from killing the people of Jerusalem.